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VATICAN CITY, 7 JUNE 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the International Movement of Catholic
Students which appears in the Directory of International Associations of
the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: International Movement of Catholic Students
Acronym: IMCS-Pax Romana
History: IMCS-Pax Romana was established at Fribourg, Switzerland, as "Pax
Romana," at the service of the university world in that period of
history in which Pope Pius Xl's idea of Catholic Action had not yet
developed in every country, and before the existence of the model of
specialized Catholic Action.
Originally designed as a Catholic confederation of students throughout
the world, the purpose of the movement was to evangelize the university
world, giving students a critical vision of reality and training them to
become committed to transforming their own social environment.
In 1947 Pax Romana was established as two movements: IMCS as the
undergraduates' branch, and ICMICA as the professionals' branch.
In the 1960s IMCS and International Young Catholic Students began
working very closely together, which led to the establishment of the
IYCS-IMCS International Coordination, and the drafting of a joint
Recognized by the Holy See as an international Catholic organization,
IMCS is a member of the Conference of International Catholic
Organizations. As a nongovernmental organization, it has consultative
status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council and UNESCO.
Identity: The aim of IMCS is to develop a learning experience which
helps students to become more deeply aware of their own faith in Jesus
Christ as an experience to which they bear witness through their
commitment to build up a more just society; to promote the apostolate of
students among students; and to cooperate with all those who are working
to build up a more equitable social order at the national, continental
and international levels.
The association, which represents Catholic students at international
level in universities and higher education, pursues its objectives by
trying to spread Catholic student movements throughout the world; by
providing students and ecclesiastical assistants of the member movements
with the chance to meet in order to reflect on issues relating to the
specific situation in each continent and on matters relating to
international life; and by giving guidance for the member movements to
act jointly, cooperating with other international organizations.
Organization: IMCS is managed by the International Committee, comprising
delegates of the movements in every continent; and by the regional
teams, [with] the members of the outgoing international team, and the
candidates for the new international team as observers.
The executive body of the movement is the international team comprising
the president, the general secretary, and the general ecclesiastical
Membership of IMCS is open to full members (associations of Catholic
students in universities and higher education establishments),
ecumenical members (national associations with a substantial number of
Catholic student members) and corresponding members.
Membership: IMCS has 74 member associations in 64 countries worldwide.
Publications: Newsletter International, a quarterly newsletter in
French, English and Spanish
Web site: www.imcs-miec.org
Mouvement International des Etudiants Catholiques
171, Rue de Rennes
Tel. (33) 1.4544.7075
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Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]